In the aftermath of a car crash, it can be hard to keep track of details–from insurance claims to doctor appointments, victims have a lot to handle. One of the most common concerns for victims is how much time they have to file a suit if they feel another party is responsible for their injuries or damage to their property.
These time limits, typically referred to as “statutes of limitations” vary from state to state. They also vary depending on the type of case being filed. Therefore, it’s important to be familiar with the laws in the state where you experienced injury or personal property damage to know what your options are.
In Illinois, the time limit to file a suit is typically two years for personal injury and five years for property damage. Generally, the clock starts ticking when the accident occurs. However, if the victim was suffering from mental incompetence or had other good reasons to not discover the injury, the time table can be extended. The “clock” can also be paused if the injured person is a minor (18 years of age or younger).
However, if you or a loved one are hurt in an accident, it’s best not to wait. Even if you’re unsure that you’ve suffered an injury, if you’ve been in an accident, you should consult with a doctor to make sure you’re okay as well as to know what to look out for in case an injury takes time to become apparent.
If you think you have a case, act swiftly. Evidence can degrade over time, so teaming up with the auto accident attorneys at Kryder Law shortly after your accident can ensure that a thorough and timely investigation occurs.